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Airborne Carry-on Ruck Sack (C-Ruck)
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C-Ruck: the do-it-all carry-on legal rucksack.
WHY CARRY A RUCKSACK?
Rucksacks were used by WWII paratroopers. Comfortably molded to their backs they did not add hassles to their already perilous days. Our modern version of the rucksack works just as well--without the added weight and bulk of an internal frame.
Called the "C-Ruck" for carry-on travel use, the Volara foam padded backing on the main compartment cushions your back. The deep and wide main compartment will hold more than enough belongings for a dawn to dark hike.
This rugged rucksack features an interior slip pocket that will safely stow your CamelBak, laptop notebook computer, or tablet. Underneath the C-Ruck pack, we've added Fastex straps to hold your jacket in the middle of your day hike, or your yoga mat when you're heading off to class.
EASY ON, EASY OFF.
No more squirming for the straps--soft UniSuede articulating shoulder straps provide surprising all-day comfort, rotating freely at the base of the shoulder. Far stronger than stitching into the bag. The rings provide a keen workable solution to the weakest part of a backpack, the shoulder strap seams, and are much stronger than stitching into the bag.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
Loaded with plenty of daisy chain loops on both the ruck itself and both straps, you'll never be short for hanging keys, flashlights, iPods, smartphones and anything else you may need quick access to.
Double drawstring top closures and handy external front and side zippered pockets add almost another 1,000 cubic inches of carrying capacity making it easy to organize your belongings. All external pockets feature our tough #10 YKK zippers that conveniently zip halfway down the pocket sides so you can dig deep if you need to. These tall pockets are also the perfect size for wine, spirit or soda bottles (or a package of a dozen eggs) in case you plan to pack for a picnic.
A RUCKSACK BUILT LIKE A TANK.
Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around rucksacks that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a rucksack, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is stitched into every seam.
BOUND AND BAGGED.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, we take a long piece of one inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the ruck, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.
BOUND INSIDE / BOUND OUTSIDE.
In addition, each exposed fabric edge, such as on a pocket flap, is also bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive a thinner nylon webbing, whereas outside corner edges that are exposed to wear will have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in less expensive dime a dozen rucksacks that brag of "binding" their edges.
WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the shoulder straps attach to the bag, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red Oxx; a stitching practice we adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can afford, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is that they are easily repairable, even in the field; they will hold their place, that is, they "lock"; they are difficult to penetrate, thereby increasing the security of your belongings; they function smoothly in inclement weather and they can be yanked from a variety of angles without losing teeth or becoming separated.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport, out on the trail or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground, having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a little more, is a travel companion's confidence builder and peace of mind maker. After all, you want to enjoy your journey as best you can. Why worry about having your rucksack break down?
Use the C-Ruck as your vehicle bug-out bag loaded for bear and ready to ramble. Since this is a fairly large knapsack, smaller framed folks might try the Roadster Mini Ruck.
Tested across the European theater by our Red Oxx Roughneck Bag Testing Crew, the C-Ruck knapsack loaded on and off trains and intercontinental flights without a hitch (and flagged a few taxis along the way). Packing a week's worth of clothes left room for souvenirs and the external pockets kept our goods organized.
BUY IT ONCE, BUY IT FOR LIFE.
Because Red Oxx backs our bags with our "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty, you won't feel guilty about filling up your local landfill with cheap imported junk every season. Buy it once, own it forever, and pass it on. Join the "pack" and buy a military inspired, combat-tough rucksack and stand out from the ordinary backpack crowd.
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY.
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your Airborne C-Ruck order now to get your rucksack on our production schedule. It will then be shipped in under 14 days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
If you're a railroader, we recommend our larger ballistic nylon Rail King Rucksack.
Exterior Dimensions: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H (excludes pockets).
Capacity: 1,428 cubic inches (2,400 including external raised pockets).
Weight: 3.7 pounds.
- Exterior dual raised side zippered pockets: 12"H x 7"W x 2"D
- Exterior dual raised side zippered flat slip pockets: 7"W x 6.5"H
- Exterior raised front pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"D
- Exterior zippered flat slip flap pocket: 10.5"W x 9"H
- Interior slip pocket: 14.5"H x 11.5"W
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond a dozen working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is always secure.
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Rave Reviews from the Pros: About.com's Go Europe travel advisory gives the C-Ruck Rucksack a smashing 5 stars. Check out his Rucksack review.
Rucksack is German for Backpack. Der Rücken (Ruck) refers to the back part of the body and translates as "to move". Sack means "pack". To move a pack. Surprising similarities exist in other European languages such as Rucksack is Rygsæk in Danish, Rugzak in Dutch, Ryggsäck in Swedish, Ryggsekk in Norwegian, and Rugsak in South Afrikaans. A Rucksack (or Ruck Sack) is also commonly called a Haversack, Knapsack or Packsack. We call it the Airborne C-ruck because it's airline carry-on legal.
Airborne C-Ruck Rucksack is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
By Lowell Billings, Coronado California, June 3, 2011
Perfect carry on airline bag. Tough and sturdy for the safari cruiser too. Just enough pockets and storage. Great at sealing out dust and dirt. The best back pack I've owned.
By Tim O'Pry, Atlanta, GA, June 1, 2011
So many things we purchase in this country are now made overseas and/or on the cheap. The focus on cost reduction has driven quality down to the point that we tend to forget what it looks like.
If youwant to see REAL quality, buy an Oxx!
By Dave H, , May 26, 2011
I have only had the Rucksack for a few weeks but have travelled on business with it twice. It easily stores 2 suits, laptop, headphones et al and then fits with more than enough to spare in the overhead compartment. First trip I did not have the laptop and it fit under the seat in front of me.
Great looking, well made (a shade larger than traditional backpacks).
By Matthew, WI, May 12, 2011
I bought this bag to replace an old backpack and messenger bag that I was using to carry my items to and from work. I was first concerned that I wouldn't be able to fit everything in the bag, but was pleasantly surprised when this bag did what I was hoping it would. Being a firefighter, I have to work at different firehouses within the city, so having this very useful bag to carry a change of clothes, workout clothing and shoes, plus a few manuels, works great. I'm was even able to fit the Nomad Shave Kit on top of all other items mentioned. And the exterior pockets work great to fit other misc. items. The quality of the material makes me think that I'll have this bag for a very long time.
This bag is as faithful as your dog
By Sean, Grand Junction, CO, April 26, 2011
I have had this bag for about 3 years now. It's been stuffed, crammed, thrown and generally abused. I looked it over the other day and was amazed to find that there is nary a loose thread or scratch.
Sure, it's not the most comfortable pack when you over-load it, but who cares? In our world of disposable crap, this bag stands out and reminds us of a day when craftsmanship and durability actually meant something.
By Bruce Quade, Wisconsin, April 18, 2011
We recently planned a trip to Germany to visit extended family and see some sites. I was searching for a carry on bag that would leave my hands free to assist my mother-in-law and my daughter with their luggage as needed. I found your site and was impressed with the reviews and stated features of the Ruck Sack and order it as well as the Gator. I have found both to be extremely rugged and useful. So much so, that I ordered another Ruck Sack for my son at the last minute and received that one just two days before our departure. They were both extremely useful, as I needed an extra set of hands on several occasions during our trip. We always had room to carry overflow from other family members and had our hands free to push a wheelchair or provide walking assistance to his grandmother. My son can't wait to use his again this summer for a week long mission trip to Colorado this summer. I've already recommended your products to my friends and family. Thank you!
By Hank Blake, Woodstock, GA, March 31, 2011
I bought the C-Ruck for daily and overnight use. I had been using a Swiss Army computer backpack but it did not fit the bill for overnight travel. I always had to carry an additional bag.
The C-Ruck fit the bill, it carries all my daily stuff (computer ,etc.) and still has plenty of room left. The exterior pockets are great! They hold all my small stuff where I can easily find and get to it. With so many exterior pockets I can organize my small stuff and group them for easy and quick to find access.
The bag is sturdy and tough, well made with heavy duty grommets for the sack draw strings. The zippers are strong and open and close like a real closure, you know when you've opened and closed them.
I'm taking a trip to the Dominican Republic with my church this summer and am looking forward to taking my C-Ruck. I know it can hold all my gear for a week. The bag does not look huge but it seems to swallow up everything I put into it.
I also own a Sky Boss, and figured when I was looking for a versatile backpack that if the C-Ruck was built anything like my Sky Boss that it should hold up. I was not disappointed!
If your looking for a versatile daily pack that can hold all your gear plus some, then the C-Ruck is your bag.
I'll write back when I get back from DR and tell how it did for week long trip through the countryside.
By Anonymous, , February 19, 2011
I'm in love with these beautiful bags. Top marks RedOxx. 5 stars!
By Michael Perry, San Francisco, February 17, 2011
What can I say that has not been said about this bag? I own a whole fleet of RedOxx gear yet this one does it all for me. Weekend trips? Pack it up with the large packing containers. No checkin luggage ever. Trips around for work? Its all good. I did buy Bihn vertical brain thing for pens and a few small bags to stick things into. The only less than stellar comment is that the large pockets really don't provide adequate organization for smaller items and you need to invest in some kind of protective bag that will fit inside.
Traveling though is a piece of cake. I pack this with laptop, cables, and clothing. It stows in the overhead. Then I take my trusty gator with kindle, archos music player, ear buds.
I'm down to a significant few things to take and I like it.
Cannot say more. Planning a weekend getaway for a conference in Los Angeles.
Thanks RedOxx! Consider including some kind of vertical organizer in the future for pens, papers, etc.
By WS Lee, Toronto, January 27, 2011
So, after a trip where my twenty-year old backpack was soaked all the way through I decided that it was time for a replacement. I wanted something that could hold my MBP and yet not look like a notebook bag and can be used for other purposes such as groceries, carry-on, day-to-day usage, etc. Basically a versatile, all-around bag that I didn't have to worry about. Hey, my last bag lasted 20+ years and I didn't see any reason why the next one shouldn't either.
After doing a lot of online and offline research and dithering about I finally decided to order the C-ruck. Ordering was dead easy and it arrived right on time.
Within a week, it was on its way with me for a short jaunt to Jakarta. How did it perform? The good news first, it's capacious - it looks big but it fits exactly the carry-n frame. The internal sleeve fits my MBP perfectly and I don't have any worries there about the protection given by the C-ruck. And, yes, it did look as classy as I had hoped it would - sometimes you can't really tell these things unless you have the item right in front of you.
The bad news? It's a heavy bag. The specs says it's over 3 lbs and it's easy to dismiss that until you have it in hand and realize how much that will cut into your carry-on allowance. The weight is also a factor in that this is a "hot" bag, meaning that the weight of the bag, the weight of your items along with the padding in the back may have you overheating pretty quickly. It's not a problem if you're in temperate climes but it can be unpleasant if you're slogging through a tropical city such as Jkt. The straps are also very long and I suspect that the bag is sized for someone who is closer to 6 ft than my 5'8". I'll probably get them cut shorter and restitched when I get the chance.
So, do I feel that I am getting value for my money? A qualified yes. It's a well-built, over-engineered (this is a good point!) bag that looks great and will do all that I want it to do. Unfortunately, there are a couple of niggling points that were not mentioned in other reviews and holds me back from giving it 5 stars.
If I had known about those niggling points it would have made me dither a lot longer than two months!
P.S. I had sent an email asking about sizing and it was suggested that I purchase the mini-ruck but that item would not hold my MBP in its sleeve.
By TL, PA, November 2, 2010
I own lots of Red Oxx bags, including the Roadster Mini Ruck. I suspected a time would come that I needed a bigger ruck, although the Roadster is great for day trips, etc. With two great chances to test this bag out, Red Oxx quickly got me my order for the C-Ruck in Safari. Talk about two opposing uses, the first was a family trip to Disney World. It hauled my usual air travel gear (netbook, chargers and adapters, Bose headphones) plus a bunch of kid gear (juice boxes, snacks, diapers & wipes, change of clothes, toys, books). This would have been too much for the Roadster, AND is still fit under the seat in front of me. Then the next week I loaded it up with 40 pounds of ammo and other gear for a big 3-gun match. I was still comfortable, thanks to the cushioned straps and the quick-adjust metal buckles. It served well as a rifle rest shooting prone, too! The C-Ruck didn't even flinch under all the weight and being moved around all day. The choice between the Roadster and C-Ruck is not an easy one, so I'm happy I now have both.
Easy Company would have LOVED this!
By Roger J, Damascus Syria, October 15, 2010
To continue my re-reviews of all my Redoxx purchases along with suggestions:
I have set aside my CPA Safari Briefcase in favour of my Olive C-Ruck.
At 63, I have some back issues from a non-regretted life of sports activities. For a year I've been working standing up at my project office desk (average 7 hours/day) and at my apartment desk ( 1- 2 hours per day).
I find a rucksac with twin straps better than over-the-one-shoulder carry for the main/heavier gear.
The C-Ruck has performed admirably. I can still carry other gear, which includes a 19" external monitor in its 'case' packaging 'case' and every other day my Market Tote with over 10kg of water and/or sodas or beers (weekends only!).
The main compartment holds one helluva lot, those side pockets also.
I've just ordered three Nomad bags, one of which will have my portable scanner which should fit into a side pocket on the C-Ruck, if not, then in the main pocket.
Suggestions: C-Ruck = move top zipperred compartment UNDER/INSIDE flap, have slots on top flap or behind side pockets for folded paper eg boarding passes (like on CPA and Gator external pockets).
Rigger Wallet, which I don't yet own: strong loop strap so that wallet can never fall out of one's pocket - I have a Lafuna wallet like this, VERY handy.
NEW PRODUCT? Packing cube to handle papers and files to protect/corral them when inside other bags.
By hg, north america, September 26, 2010
great product - sturdy, a very practical size, both for university and light traveling. i will be definitely coming back!
By Eric_R, Northern California, September 2, 2010
This is a great rucksack.
At first blush, it seemed a bit large for my needs, I'd used a "NATO style rucksack" ( http://www.fatiguesarmynavy.com/store/item/FA1940/NATO_Style_Rucksack__Military_Backpacks_ ) for years before finding this one and was nonplussed by how large the C-Ruck really was. As much as I've always needed to increase the luggage carrying capacity of my motorcycle or bicycle has been, it seemed like the C-Ruck was *so* much larger than what I needed on a day-to-day basis that I would have to trade it in for the Mini Ruck.
Then I discovered that clipping the top flap to the bottom straps cuts the size of the Ruck in half. It's still the amazingly large(yet carry-on sized) bag it is, but not "oversized" for a normally light load. I now have backpack-able luggage for all seasons and reasons AND as noted by the preceding reviews, luggage that just may last the rest of my life.
Thank you RedOxx. I wish you built more of the things I need in life.
By Mark, Rhinebeck, NY, August 19, 2010
This bag is extremely well made and can hold more than an average back will be able to carry. I have packed a picnic for six people with two bottles of wine (the side pockets hold a bottle of wine so perfectly, I'm thinking the designers must have been sipping a Cabernet at work)) and still had plenty of room for a blanket and two towels. Although I prefer the Sky Train for packing my clothes for dressier trips, I will probably use this bag for beach trips other casual outings. It holds more than enough for a week long trip. I hate writing a review where I can't have at least one complaint, but I can't find any with this great bag.
By Wes, Broken Arrow, OK, August 15, 2010
I bought this bag specifically for a trip to Mexico. I carried it through airports, on an excursion to Chichen Itza to see the ruins, on an ATV trip, and through the streets of Playa Del Carmen wearing it for hours at a time. I'm a large man with broad shoulders and i found the ring attached shoulder straps to be very comfortable. It's easy to get on and off and it holds a ton of gear. I personally packed: one change of clothes, Professional SLR camera with multiple lenses, EDC gear, first aid supplies, travel books and information, hat, and sunglasses and still had more room for more. It was the perfect size carry on bag for the plane as well.
By Anonymous, Charlotte, NC, August 3, 2010
I got this ruck after a lot of research for a high quality multi-use bag, after finally swearing off of checking bagage. This bag is great. I am a big guy (6'3") and the pack fits well and holds enough for a week long stay at the beach, it should be perfect for my upcoming series of weekend trips by air, without parting with my bags.
By Scott, Colorado, July 29, 2010
Purchased this pack about a month ago for the Colorado camping season and couldn't be more pleased with it. I have owned a Sky Train for several years so I'm familiar with the quality and craftsmanship of Red Oxx products.
The Price is high but the fact is that these products will last a lifetime. It's nice to see an american company with the ethics to make a product with such durability and longevity.
The specs rate this pack as 2,400 cubic inches but the genius in the design allows it to hold much more. It's safe to say that this bag can easily swallow 3,000ci of stuff thanks to the double top drawstrings and huge top flap.
The only complaint I have about the C-Ruck is that the front pocket seems small given the size of the bag. I would like to see it extend across the entire width of the bag to take better advantage of potential space available. This is a minor issue and really doesn't impact the overall appeal of this pack.
Highly recommend this pack for anyone looking to invest in a lifetime product.
By Stan, Illinois, April 24, 2010
This is truly a well made, high quality, back pack. The materials and construction are top notch. The main compartment is cavernous and the side pockets are much bigger than I expected. I like to travel with my laptop and a bunch of camera gear. This pack takes all of that and more - much more. I just got back from a weeklong driving vacation and this pack was very handy. I'm looking forward to using it as my carry on bag later this year when we fly to Europe.
By Bob, Oklahoma City, April 13, 2010
Just got back from a 10 day safari in South Africa. The C-Ruck performed flawlessly. It is rugged, well thought-out, and the attention to detail is excellent! It will be a lifelong traveling companion from now on.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double box stitching such as on carry handles
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Daisy chain loops on ruck body and both straps
- Includes adjustable detachable chest strap
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Fastex side release buckles
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- Nickel plated 1/4" O-rings allow articulating shoulder straps
- Grab loop handle
- Mil Spec parachute cord with adjustable Fastex tension locks
- Spurred stainless steel grommets
- Uni-Suede padded articulating backpack straps
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding in back
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Includes Cable Lock
- US Dimensions - Main Compartment: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H
Side Pockets: 12"L x 7"W x 2"H
Front Pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"H
- Metric Dimensions Main Compartment only: 45.7cm L x 30.5cm W x 17.8cm H
- US Capacity (total): 2,400 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity (total): 40 Liters
- US Weight: 3.7 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.68 Kilos
Airborne C-Ruck Rucksack Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab and Desert Tan
Keep in mind: Colors on your monitor will vary from the actual color of the fabric. The only way to accurately gauge a color is to request a swatch.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 14 working days. Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Airborne Rucksack and the Roadster Mini Ruck?
The Airborne C-Ruck's main compartment is two inches wider and one inch taller than the Roadster Mini Ruck. These larger dimensions are also reflected in the side pockets, front raised pocket and cover flat pocket. See the Specifications Tab at left for further dimension details.
Will the Airborne meet carry-on legal standards?
Sure, the C-Ruck Rucksack will easily fit in the overhead bins of most airlines.
What's the best way to pack the Airborne?
Since our Rucksacks are top loaders, the most efficient way to pack one is to pack items you may need easy access to in the raised exterior pockets and rolling each piece of clothing. Another option we recommend is to use the Nomad Shave Kits
and Lil Roy Gadget Bags
as packing cubes. This way you can compartmentalize everything by color coding it. Bundle wrapping would require pulling the entire bundle out to access anything.
How many days worth of supplies will fit in the Airborne?
Depends on how good a packer you are. Most people can get a weekends worth of clothes in the Airborne C-Ruck. We'd estimate three to five days.
What's the red fabric on the inside of the bag for?
Having a bright color on the inside of the bag helps to see what's inside the bag. It also adds an extra layer of weather resistant protection.
Will a laptop fit in the Airborne? What size laptop?
Virtually any laptop with up to a 17 inch diagonal screen and two inches thick will slide into the padded sleeve inside the rucksack.
Does the Airborne Carry-on have a belly strap?
Because the C-Ruck Rucksack does not have a built in frame, therefore a belt strap would not help to balance the load.
Are there any interior pockets?
There is a notebook / laptop stitched-in sleeve located in the back of both the C-Ruck and the Mini Ruck.
Is there a way to securely lock the pockets on my rucksack?
Sure, you can use any TSA approved bag lock
or try our Cable Lock
for a simple, semi-secure solution. Watch this video where CEO Jim Markel demonstrates how you can use the cable that comes with the product Dog Tag
price tag to secure your bag
. Keep in mind, any determined thief can still cut open a soft sided bag with a sharp knife.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, fix it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.